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TitleThe Devil in the White City
AuthorErik Larson
ISBN0739303406
ImprintErik Larson Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatAudio Cassette
Pages447

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Erik Larson s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America s rush toward the twentieth century The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C The murderer was Henry H Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his World s Fair Hotel just west of the fairgrounds a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000 degree crematorium Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths What makes the story all the chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the appealing by a supporting cast of real life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Reviews

Jason

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

This book is two, two, two books in one Sorry, that was annoying But it s almost as if Erik Larson wrote two really short books one about the 1893 World s Columbian Exposition and another about the murder spree of Dr H H Holmes and then shoved them together to create a single story The result isn t ... (Sign in to see more)


Madeline

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

Poor Erik Larson.He wanted to write an extensive, in depth look at the 1893 World s Fair, which was a collaboration of some of the greatest creative minds in the country including the guy who designed the Flatiron building in New York and Walt Disney s dad and gave us, among other things, the Ferris... (Sign in to see more)


Seth T.

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

Humour me and please allow the channeling an eighth grader for just a moment OMG Squeee 1 Teh best Would an eighth grader say teh best And now we return you to our regularly scheduled review.I m not a huge fan of non fiction Scratch that I m a huge fan of non fiction, but not so huge a fan of rea... (Sign in to see more)


Danielle

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

So, no offense to those that liked this book, but I m throwing in the towel after 75 pages It s just not holding my interest Part of the reason for this is that Larson s writing style is way too speculative for my taste in non fiction I just finished reading the Path Between Seas by David McCullough... (Sign in to see more)


Jim Fonseca

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

A fascinating book and an easy read Chapter by chapter, in simple chronological order, the author juxtaposes preparations for the 1893 Chicago World s Fair with the doings of one of the country s first serial murders From the Fair s chapters we learned how Chicago s boosterism won it the fair from o... (Sign in to see more)


David - proud Gleeman in Branwen&

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

For me, reviewing this book is similar to trying to review any Nicolas Cage movie from the past 20 years, in that if I was asked if Cage s over the top performance was the best thing or the worst thing about the movie, I could only answer Yes Pictured one of Nicolas Cage s subdued performances N... (Sign in to see more)


Henry Avila

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

The White City rises above the lake, like a fantasy from another time that never existed, but the eyes do not deceive, this image is real, bright lights glow at night, millions of respectful , quiet , mesmerized people look and walk by, the moon shines and reflects on the gigantic white buildings an... (Sign in to see more)


Lobstergirl

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

Larson could be the worst nonfiction writer working in America today When he notes that Frederick Law Olmsted was no literary stylist Sentences wandered through the report like morning glory through the pickets of a fence he might as well be describing himself It s painful to make your way through h... (Sign in to see more)


James

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

Heard the one about the architect and the serial killer It s not a bad joke, but it is a great book The architect was Daniel Burnham, the driving force behind the Chicago World s Fair of 1893 the killer was H.H Holmes, a Svengali type figure who lured young women to his hotel and did the most grueso... (Sign in to see more)


Jonathan Ashleigh

The Devil in the White City By Erik Larson

I was genuinely excited to get back into this story every time I picked it up At times, this jumble of factual events felt like a tale I would contrive while wandering aimlessly around Wikipedia even though Erik Larson says he did not get information from the internet because, apparently all, data f... (Sign in to see more)


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